History on a Plate is a new six-part radio documentary series that takes real recipes from Irish food history and puts them back on the menu. The presenters are historian Juliana Adelman and restaurant critic Catherine Cleary, while chef Domini Kemp re-creates the long-lost recipes.
Programme 1 tells the tale of the wild Irish oyster, cheap, plentiful and found in unusual places like a nineteenth century recipe for lamb and oyster sausages. Presenters Juliana Adelman and Catherine Cleary look at the original handwritten recipe in a manuscript in the National Library, travel to Arklow to talk to an expert about a time when the economy of the town was built on oyster fishing, and how the boom turned to bust. They also look at the evolution of modern oyster farms with a visit to one of the country's largest producers in Co. Waterford. Food historian Mairtín Mac Con Iomaire explains how the oyster was the fast food of its day, while chef Domini Kemp cooks this unusual oyster sausage recipe.
History on a Plate is a Rockfinch production for RTÉ Lyric fm made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.